I Get It Mum…It’s Christmas!

It’s almost Christmas and my mum goes over board with the decorations …here’s a little snippet of what she’s like…

Self made bows for the Christmas tree…made by Miss Jen and my mother (great bonding time)…

Dining table decor…

some reindeer here and there…

And my personal favourite…baubles hanging from the light fixtures…

Oh mothers. They do strange things to create great entertainment, work extremely hard and love endlessly. My mumma works tirelessly throughout the 7 day week in addition to studying too. She enjoys cooking but with her hectic schedule, my sister, dad and I have taken on a cooking rotation and with this, a competitive nature is formed in the kitchen, especially on Sundays.

So what was on the burner by this lil’ learner this Sunday? To find out click here

TableTopBBQ – Beef Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

The TableTopBBQ is great fun and Melbourne’s weather last Saturday was perfect for a BBQ which gave myself the idea of testing out the TableTopBBQ!!!!

Unboxing of the Table Top BBQ

You get three sauce plates inside, 4 sets of chopsticks and a very handy flip grill…


We were looking at eating a healthy lunch so we decided on Beef Rice Paper Rolls. Off to the butchers we went and bought some top-side beef and asked them to cut it into thin slices (I love the butchers, they’re so convenient).

Marinating the beef: add some lemongrass, fish sauce and a teaspoon of sugar…


Now how to fire up the TableTopBBQ:

Jiffy fire lighters are a must and are placed in the bottom section of the TableTopBBQ and add some newspaper to get it firing up.

Then add your coal in the middle section of the TableTopBBQ covering the holes as best as you can. You know when it’s ready to cook once the coal turns white and is steaming hot (when you hover your hand over it, not by touching it)…

Now let’s cook…you can place the beef in between the grill or top of the grill. I liked it in between the grill which made it super easy to flip when the bottom side was ready…

Look at that beef…

What you need to construct a Beef Rice Paper Roll (In order of placement):
1. Rice Paper (from your asian grocery)
2. Lettuce
3. Mint Leaves
4. Other leaves (optional)
5. Rice Vermicelli
6. Thinly Sliced Cucumbers
7. Pickled Radish (optional)
8. Beef

Here’s one I prepared earlier…

Rolling is easy as long as you didn’t go overboard with the stuffing. Roll the rice paper tightly 3/4 then fold the sides into the middle and complete the roll…

Dip the roll into some pre-prepared Vietnamese fish sauce or in Vietnamese it’s called “nuoc mam”. Google the recipe because it’s a synch.

Please mind my fish sauce, it has remnants of some rice vermicelli and looks like a piece of beef…

Take a bite into your Beef Rice Paper Roll and you’ll never want to order these again from any asian restaurant…

There’s other types of rice paper roll versions out there such as pork and prawn, vegetarian ones, etc but that can wait for another post.

The TableTopBBQ was super fun and easy to use but most of all cooked the beef nicely and evenly and gave it an authentic taste and feel of Vietnam. Can’t wait to have my next cooking adventure with the TableTopBBQ.

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe – Tastes Like Pizza

In line with cooking on the TableTopBBQ I thought of making some scrumptious stuffed mushrooms for entree (see my TableTopBBQ post here)

First of all, cut the stems off the mushrooms and create a hole in the middle of the mushroom, don’t have to be perfect (as you can see below)…

Using the left over mushroom and stems I chopped them into small pieces and chopped up some sun-dried tomatoes and green capsicum and drizzled some olive oil. As you can see I love using Cobram Olive Oil (be creative and add whatever you want into the mushroom, I used these ingredients because this is what I found in the fridge)

Then you want to stuff the mushrooms with your filling…

And if you want, you can sprinkle some grated cheese ontop…

When ready place the mushrooms in the oven until the mushrooms start to brown and you have yourself a juicy mushroom and in this case a juicy mushroom that tastes like PIZZA!!!!

If you’re looking for a snappy entree, stuffed mushrooms are great and don’t take long to prepare or cook. The best thing is you can be as creative as you want and play around with the ingredients you put in, depending on the flavour you want. If the TheLearnerChef can cook it, you can too.